“The scene in the fast food restaurant (where Maxine has her breakdown) is forever burned in my brain! Great fun to read.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“There are so many annoying things about this book that I barely know where to begin. "Maxine's" whining and neurosis stopped being interesting about a quarter of the way through the book. The author's use of adolescent/ghetto slang such as "Hell to the yeah" and "badonkadonk" are totally...”see full review » see other reviews »
“The main character is a little neurotic and embittered, which I thought would abate as the plot progressed. But she stayed neurotic almost through the whole book, only having her epiphany at the very end.Still, it was nice to see a book about an older woman and the ex trophy wife idea is great. I like the author's "Accidental Friends" series more, though.”Lisa C wrote this review Friday, January 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The scene in the fast food restaurant (where Maxine has her breakdown) is forever burned in my brain! Great fun to read.”Heather Soligo wrote this review Tuesday, August 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“funny and cute. easy to read.”californiameaghan wrote this review Wednesday, February 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There are so many annoying things about this book that I barely know where to begin. "Maxine's" whining and neurosis stopped being interesting about a quarter of the way through the book. The author's use of adolescent/ghetto slang such as "Hell to the yeah" and "badonkadonk" are totally inappropriate for the 40 year old main character who lived the "high society" life for 20 years. Plus, the end was convenient and shamed the overall "moral" of the story. Ridiculous.”Angela L wrote this review Sunday, January 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“You Dropped a Blonde on Me by Dakota Cassidy
Contemporary Romance- Dec 7th, 2010
This contemporary romance is a first for Cassidy, who usually writes paranormals. But after reading this book, I hope it will be 1 of many to come.
In this book, the main character, Maxine looses it all when her husband leaves her for a younger woman and she is left with nothing. In fact, she has to go live in a retirement center with her mother. Did I mention that she brings her little boy with them in an elderly village? Maxine’s struggles make her endearing to read. She tries to get every job possible (even applying at a fast food chicken restaurant) and there were many humorous scenes. Maxine’s self discovery and self-improvements makes this book inspiring as well.
Things start turning around where she reconnects with a high school classmate that is no longer so nerdy. An attractive man named Campbell Barker. Campbell’s pursuit of her is sweet and his encouragement of her is enjoyable. The budding love and her effort to better herself and discover herself makes this book one to keep.
Reviewed by Sophia from the Bookaholics Romance Club
“I loved the setting of the retirement village, and the Suck it Up tips at the heading of each chapter. Campbell Barker was a wonderful hero, strong, caring lead.”gretchen b wrote this review Thursday, December 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Maxine had it all, but then her husband trader her for a younger model and she, thanks to an iron-clad prenup, had nothing. Forced to live with her mother in an retirement village, together with her son. No job, no future, and one big volcano of anger brewing inside of her. Then she meets Campbell Barker, and old classmate, and perhaps there is hope for an ex trophy wife after all.
I always wanted to read a Cassidy novel, they all look so adorable and this one was sure looked so too.
Maxine is one big mess. She has tried to get every job there is, but not so easy when she has no experience, either than being married to a cheating scum bag. She continues to be a mess too, but with less and less meltdowns. Her ex sure did a number on her, and I kept waiting for him to get what he had coming to him. Cos Max was smart, and sexy, but she could no longer see it herself. She mostly thought her life was over at 40. But there is always a knight in shining armour and that is Campbell in this book, he is hot, and he wants her, and has wanted her since high school. And if anyone needs a hot man lusting after her it's Maxine.
I liked Maxine, sure she freaked over some things, but she was scared. Campbell is one great hero in my eyes, he just kept coming back, and would not give up. Then there are the side characters, like her hilarious mum Mona, and all the rest of the elderly in the village. They spiced up the book for sure. There is also a sidestory about her friend Len, who has mourned her husband for years and a man she meets. A mysterious man who is after something.
This book had romance, and it had humour. Like when she visits WallMart and gets really excited over tampons because they are so cheap. She was never a silly spoiled wife, but still she did have everything catered to her so she forgot how to take care of herself, and she learns that in this book.
One thing though, it took me a while to read it for some reason. Strange, I do not know why. I guess some books just are meant to be read slower.
Final thoughts and recommendation:
To all you romance and humour fans. A fun book about self discovery, and then throw in some passion, an idiot of an ex, a bunch of old people who is not afraid to say what they think, and you got this book. A 3,5 cos I would recommend it, and you know you want to know if that cheating ex gets what he deserves.
Reason for reading:
Her paranormal books look so cute, so of course I wanted to try this one and see how she writes.